Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th May 2015 20:45 UTC

Windows 10 is coming this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages. Today, we are excited to share more details on the Windows 10 Editions.

We designed Windows 10 to deliver a more personal computing experience across a range of devices. An experience optimized for each device type, but familiar to all. Windows 10 will power an incredibly broad range of devices - everything from PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Hub. It will also power the world around us, core to devices making up the Internet of Things, everything from elevators to ATMs to heart rate monitors to wearables. No matter which Windows 10 device our customers use, the experience will feel comfortable, and there will be a single, universal Windows Store where they can find, try and buy Universal Windows apps.

The supposed appeal of Windows 10 is that's universal, no matter the device, so to still have different versions for consumer devices (i.e., I can understand separate server and IoT stuff) seems counter-intuitive.

That being said - Windows Mobile is back. Makes it all worthwhile.

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Nah, a single consumer edition (no 'Home', 'Basic', 'Pro', 'Enterprise' bullshit), a few server editions, and as many industry-specific editions as Microsoft sees fit would make better sense.

It's kind of ridiculous to assume that, for example, a home user will never need integrated full-disk encryption (BitLocker), more fine-grained system permissions (Group Policy), or the ability to boot Windows from a removable drive (Windows To Go). By the same token, it's also silly to assume that a user that needs Windows To Go will need the entire feature set. Just provide every single feature that a consumer edition of Windows has to every user and let him/her configure what to use and what to disable.

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